Anastacio Alvarez Sr., age 90, passed away April 28, 2014, at home surrounded by family. Rosary was Tuesday, April 29, at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, April 30, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Colorado City with Father Michael Udegunam officiating. He was laid to rest at the family cemetery two miles north of the family home. Services were under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Anastacio was born on March 28, 1924, to Filiberto Alvarez and Francisca Sanchez Alvarez in Loraine and was a long-time cotton farmer and a well-known, respected resident of Mitchell County. He enlisted in the United States Army on March 25, 1943, and served in World War II, spending time in Germany, France, and England as part of his tour. On March 27, 1946, he was released from active duty with an Honorable Discharge. Mr. Alvarez was a devout Catholic and avid proponent of education. He was never a man to meet a stranger, and he always gave of his time unselfishly to his community.
He is survived by his 17 children: Anastacio Alvarez, Jr. and wife, Alice of Snyder; Daniel Alvarez and wife, Mary of Sugarland; Sammy Alvarez and wife, Delia of Sweetwater; Mary Ann Alvarez of Loraine; Delores Montoya of Loraine; Robert Alvarez and wife, Mary of Breckenridge; David Alvarez of Loraine; Richard Alvarez of Loraine; Mike Alvarez and wife, Karen of McKinney; Rene Alvarez of Mesquite; Margie Villarreal and husband, Catarino, Jr. of Miles; Helen Guerrero and husband, Andrew of San Antonio; Patrice Gibson of Loraine; Charles Alvarez and wife, Carmela of Abilene; Cheryl Herny of New Port Ritchey, Fla.; Gerald Joe Alvarez and wife, Renee of Menifee, Calif.; and Fabian Alvarez and wife, Heidi of Bowling Green, Ky.; 54 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Romelia Castro; brothers: Ruben Alvarez, Rene Alvarez, Eram Alvarez, Daniel Alvarez Sierra, Joe Alvarez Sierra and Alfredo Alvarez.
Anastacio was preceded in death by Lydia Alvarez, his wife of 63 years; one son, Gabriel James Alvarez; and brothers Eriberto and Ray Alvarez. The family request memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association.
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